54 E. 1st St., nr. First Ave.; 212-677-6221
After masterminding one of New York’s best brunches, Gabrielle Hamilton expects to institute (and personally cook) lunch by the end of the month. She promises the inevitable burger, but also egg on a roll, a “sous chef” salad, and an old family favorite, marmalade and bacon on pumpernickel.
88 Tenth Ave., at 16th St.; 212-989-8883
The Iron Chef does bento boxes, rice bowls, and Wagyu-cutlet sandwiches, all at celebrity-chef prices.
3. Quality Meats
57 W. 58th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-371-7777
A medley of customized chopped salads and gussied-up open-face sandwiches make for a steakhouse lunch that won’t do you in for the day.
85 Tenth Ave., at 15th St.; 212-400-6699
For true carnisseurs, Wagyu sliders, “Wagyu-bacon” BLTs, and Craftsteak burgers with ritzy add-ons like foie gras and truffle butter.
5. Megu Midtown
845 UN Plaza, at 47th St.; 212-964-7777
The $29 bento box selections change daily, and might include anything from teriyaki chicken to miso cod.